Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 21:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks have been heralded as the foot in the door for Linux. With the launch of the earliest Eee PC models, Asus made a bold move by only offering them with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft soon responded by working with Asus to bring Windows XP to the next generation Eee PCs. Since then, Windows XP gained market share in the netbook segment rapidly, casting doubts over whether or not netbooks would really turn out to be that foot in the door. HP has today announced that its new HP Mini 1000 netbook will not be available with Linux pre-installed in Europe.
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People often choose inferiority
by cmost on Thu 5th Feb 2009 22:48 UTC
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I've worked with several netbook models, some with Linux (Xandros primarily) and others with XP and in every case I can report that Windows was more sluggish and more prone to problems. The problems being all of those associated with running the aged XP: viruses, malware, bloated OS, crapware. Unfortunately, users prefer Windows because its all they know. People are evidently too scared or too lazy (take your pick) to learn something new even if it's better. There you have it.

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